What bullet would you guys reccomend shooting out of the 300 RUM? I want to go no lighter than 180g. I want a bullet that will still hold up fairly well at close range, and still expand out to 600 yards fairly well. I also want a bullet with a good BC. My first choice maybe the new 200g Nosler Accubond. What do you all think?
I think the 200gr Accubond would be the great comprimise... if they shoot well in your gun. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] They kill anything well, but the 165 Interbond would too. The difference between the 180 and 165 isn't much at 600 yards but compare the 240 SMK and the 165 at 800 and now they start parting ways. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] Using the heavier bullet will help with retained weight as well as it running a bit slower ta boot.
I will be honest and say I'm not a real big fan of Hornady bullets. I am partial to Noslers. B-tips have been my choice for varmints to deer, and partitions have been on my elk/bear hunts. I am only 17 years old. I have a place where I can shoot out to 1000 yards that takes me 5 minutes to drive from my house. I love my 25/06, been shooting it for about 2 1/2 years now and its time for a new barrel. A leupold vx2, 6-18 Target sits atop and also have a Nikon Laser 800 rangefinder. I love being able to use the clicks out to 600 yards, it works super well. It would be impossible to guesstimate holdover out to that range. I have shot everything with this gun from p-dogs to bear, from 25 yards to a muley buck at 604 yards, however, last weekend I hit a big black bear at 200 yards with a 120g partition and he ran off like nothing happened. Ended up not even finding the bear. Did not find any blood. It really made me mad because last year I shot a black bear at 440 yards with my 25/06 and 115g B-tip and it only went 75 yards before piling up. I am a firm believe now on big magnums. They do have there place. I will practice about everyday just like I do with my 25/06 on milk jugs at 400-600 yards. The ultra mags seem to be a good choice to knock bears and elk off there butts out to my long range distance of 600 yards. With practice and time, I would like to extend out to 800. I have shot targets at 800 with my 25/06 and my groups are running about 10-14 inches for 3 shots. That is no good for hunting anything in my books. At 500 yards I have shot 2.5"-5" 3 shot groups. Good enough for any deer let alone an elk. I will be putting a muzzle break on the 300 RUM beast, I feel that the lighter kicking guns are able to shoot well at longer distance. I will also put a Leupold vx2, 6-18 Target with the knobs to allow me in shooting longer distances. I will probly shoot this gun about every other day a couple shots at milk jugs at 400-600. Just for practice. I use a harris bi-pod and lay prone for all my long range hunting and shooting. Do you guys think this will be a decent set up for what I am wanting it to do? Thanks for all the replys. You have been more than helpful.
you are doing well, and have the right idea and outlook. [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img] Keep your leathal range reality based like you are and your success will be near 100 percent. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Wish I had known what you do know when I was just 17!! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] The 300 will serve you very well the way you are set up. You know your limitations and that will keep your success rate very high! Sorry to hear about your bear gettin away. I had mine get away too, I just got lucky in the end and got another shot at him a little later though. I think I misjudged the uphill angle just enough to miss on the 450 yards shot. My group size at that range, coupled with a slightly misjudged angle on a bear with a fairly small body size "must" have stacked up against me. I'll have a angle indicator mounted on the scope next time!
I like where you are and like where you are headed. As Brent said if only I knew what you know at 17! I talked my brother into a 338 RUM, but follow the advice of these that know more than me - get the 300 RUM. The only thing wrong with the Vari-X II 6-18 is that it is not a Vari-X III 6.5-20. It has obviously taught you well and is better than any piece of glass I had at your age.
Welcome to the forum and good shooting. You are in the right place with where you want to go.
Thanks to all of you guys. You were all very helpfull and very nice about everything. I have my 300 RUM RCBS dies, Rem cases, H-1000 powder, 200g Accubond, Leupold rings/bases, and my Leupold vx2, 6-18 Target already ordered and on the way to my house. I have definately decided on the 300 RUM and will be going with the Rem Sendero SF. I looked at one yesterday and the feel and balance of it was unbelievable. I loved it. The price is $770. Not to bad. I will have the money saved up in about 1 1/2 months. I should have it all set up just in time for the fall bear season that starts August 1st. I cant wait to start breaking it in and working with it to find a good load. Thats my favorite thing to do. Once again I thank you guys for your help.